Mental health advocates say anxiety is up among college students dealing with things like debt and the cost of living. That's prompted a push for more counselors at California State University campuses.
CSU campuses would be required to have at least one full time mental health counselor for every 1,000 students, under legislation passed by the Senate Education Committee. Few campuses meet that standard now.
Jared Giarrusso is with the California State Student Association. He says students are dealing with a lot of issues as they try to get their degree.
"Homelessness — 11 percent of our students are homeless; food insecurity — over 40 percent of our students are struggling to feed themselves; and the political climate and discourse on and off our campuses have created an environment where our students' mental health is constantly being challenged," says Giarrusso.
So far, there is no organized opposition to the bill. The measure now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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